Thread Rating:
  • 0 Vote(s) - 0 Average
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Advice on E46 330ci convertible
03-12-2019, 10:36 PM,
#1
Advice on E46 330ci convertible
My fellow fanatics. Please advise me..... I am looking to buy the E46 330ci convertible at a reasonable price. What should I look out for? Is it a reliable car?

Thanking you in advance

Sent from my ELE-L09 using Tapatalk
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
04-12-2019, 07:38 AM, (This post was last modified: 04-12-2019, 07:41 AM by Tinuva.)
#2
RE: Advice on E46 330ci convertible
It will be as reliable as the maintenance history on it.

The 330ci usually came with auto gearboxes, those are not reliable when not serviced (usually the case). The manual gearboxes are solid however. Engine is solid.

Cooling system also is not solid and would have needed at least a replacement on the thermostat, expansion tank and rubber pipes by now.
Actually, almost all rubber on these cars would have started to rot by now and needs to be replaced. There is a lot on the suspension system.

If you find a neat+well_maintained example that is not costing you an arm and a leg, its a great car.

Going price for these usually around R90-100k for the ci. This is the non-ripoff price. The ripoff prices are around 140-150k. A really neat example thats well maintained I would at most go to R110-115k, but there need to be invoices showing work done that makes that worth it though...

The 330i 's non-ripoff price is R75-80k.

[Image: 330-white-sig_8660310438.png]

In garage
My 330 - 01 BMW E46 330i 5-speed manual
The other 330 - 02 BMW E46 330i 5-speed manual
95 Nissan 1400 bakkie
03 BMW E46 318i N42 Manual Sold
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
The following 2 users Like Tinuva's post:
K0dAx, SubLoaded
04-12-2019, 09:12 AM,
#3
RE: Advice on E46 330ci convertible
compression test

CURRENT: BMW E36 M3 Coupe PROJECT...plan.. 18" EwingEquips & TURBO
CURRENT: BMW 330i individual..Arizona Sun on 19's
CURRENT: DATSUN PB210 aka BIN aka "Z" Coupe 2L on EwingEmotions
CURRENT: AUDI A5 on 20" Concavos
CURRENT: Rothmans VFR400 NC30 PROJECT
CURRENT: Repsol VFR400 NC30 PROJECT
EX: BMW 330i, BMW 330i, Range Rover 4.6 HSE Vogue, FORD XR6 & RS Turbo, OPEL Monza 200iCD16V, Toyota GLi Exec, VTEC, ALFA Giulietta & GT Junior stepnose, a few mingers
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
04-12-2019, 10:41 AM,
#4
RE: Advice on E46 330ci convertible
I think Tinuva has laid things out well. The reliability of the car is entirely a function of how it was maintained. I typically adopt quite a cynical position, and assume that most owners have done the bare minimum (basic oil and filter servicing).

This usually leaves a backlog of oil leaks and other wear and tear parts that need addressing. Based on this, I usually suggest a budget of R20k or so to address the maintenance backlog that you will inevitable inherit.

Weak points are the cooling system, vacuum leaks, oil leaks and front lower control arm bushes. All of the above are easily solved, but parts and labour are not free.

2004 BMW 330i M-Sport 6MT
2007 BMW Z4 M Roadster
Ex. 2004 BMW M3 Coupe 6MT
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
The following 3 users Like AdiS's post:
///Dees, Kyle, SubLoaded
04-12-2019, 10:59 AM,
#5
RE: Advice on E46 330ci convertible
yes but make sure that if the car overheated in its life that the cylinders haven't gone out of round.

CURRENT: BMW E36 M3 Coupe PROJECT...plan.. 18" EwingEquips & TURBO
CURRENT: BMW 330i individual..Arizona Sun on 19's
CURRENT: DATSUN PB210 aka BIN aka "Z" Coupe 2L on EwingEmotions
CURRENT: AUDI A5 on 20" Concavos
CURRENT: Rothmans VFR400 NC30 PROJECT
CURRENT: Repsol VFR400 NC30 PROJECT
EX: BMW 330i, BMW 330i, Range Rover 4.6 HSE Vogue, FORD XR6 & RS Turbo, OPEL Monza 200iCD16V, Toyota GLi Exec, VTEC, ALFA Giulietta & GT Junior stepnose, a few mingers
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
The following 2 users Like individj's post:
AdiS, SubLoaded




Users browsing this thread:
1 Guest(s)

Return to Top